The Rusden Vineyard is nestled on the deep Vine Vale sand in the foothills below the eastern Barossa Ranges. The early pioneers carved this area out of cypress, blue gum and wattle woodland, once know as Bethany Sandscrub. The old vines are traditionally cared for and hand tended to ensure their longevity and benefit for future generations. A minimalist approach to winemaking results in an honest representation of the variety. This is a New World wine made in an Old World style to produce a fruit driven wine with dimension, character and balance.
Deep garnet with a hint of purple in the color, the 2009 reveals aromas of warm black fruits, cassis and crushed blueberries with underlying nuances of Mediterranean herbs, black pepper, tar and salami. Very full bodied with a generous amount of layered warm black fruit and savory flavors, it is well structured with a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins and lively acid, finishing long.
- Region: Barossa Valley
- Varietal: 100% Shiraz
- Vintage: 2009
- Vineyard: Rusden Vineyard
- Vine Age: 85 years old
- Yield: 1.4 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Deep Sand
- Alcohol: 15%
- Oak: 30 months - 70% French barrique (33% new) & 30% seasoned American barrique
- Production: 800 cases
With a rich history dating back to 1847, a profound and unique Silesian (German) influence, the Barossa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions of South Australia and, indeed, Australia. The region is now rightly asserting not only its importance to the wine industry but the inestimable value of its storehouse of century-old vines and historic wineries. Learn More »
Rusden is one of the success stories of the new Barossa. Dennis and Christine Canute purchased 40 acres of rather run-down vineyard back in 1979. Dennis carried on his day job as a teacher to give Christine, who was a fifth generation grape grower, the opportunity and funds to begin the work of rejuvenating the vines. Learn More »
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